About Us

Our Vision

is to collaborate to ensure brighter futures for children, youth and families.

Our Mission

is to be the premiere NJ association that shapes practices and policies for the benefit of children, adolescents, and families and the organizations that serve them.

Our Beliefs

advocating for youth

we believe youth are our nation's most valuable asset, and we must educate policymakers and encourage the public to protect and nurture the citizens of tomorrow.

encouraging community-based services

we believe local communities are most aware of the needs of youth in their area. Partnerships between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can create innovative community resources to meet local needs. We encourage volunteers to join us and recognize the important role they play.

sharing information

we believe quality service for youth - nationally, regionally, and locally - depend on sharing information, coordinating services and offering mutual support. We are committed to strengthening networking activities at all levels.

Our Members Provide

services to children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges; children living with developmental and intellectual disabilities; youth who have experienced physical or sexual abuse and neglect; homeless youth; pregnant and parenting teens; victims of human trafficking; youth experiencing substance abuse addiction; youth in need of independent-living skills and housing, and other treatment and support services to give youth safety, stability, comfort and support every child deserves.

types of services include: adoptions, case management, crisis stabilization, detention alternative programs, emergency diagnostic/residential unit, group homes, independent-living programs, intensive residential treatment services, maternity and mother/child programs, outpatient counseling, psychiatric community home, residential treatment centers, respite services, specialty beds, street outreach, treatment homes, and transitional-living programs.